Saturday, April 06, 2019


Barnetby East signalbox - now closed - as it looked in July 2016

The future of an historic building on North Lincolnshire's railway network - dating back to the age of steam - is looking brighter, Brigg Blog understands.
Redundant Barnetby East signalbox - not far from the village station - has been standing idle since December 2015 when it was decommissioned as part of a new signalling scheme carried out by Network Rail which did away with traditional lever-pulled semaphore signals in favour of modern LED colour-lights.
That raised obvious concerns about the future of Barnetby East.
However, we now understand that rail company bosses are likely to retain the timber-built box as a "welfare facility" for use by employees working nearby. There are no current plans to demolish it.
Some concerns have also been expressed about the outward appearance of the structure. Is re-painting necessary to protect the wooden boards?
Much larger Wrawby Junction signalbox - taken out of use at the same time as Barnetby East - is grade two listed and still standing close to where the lines converge from Brigg, Market Rasen and Scunthorpe.
Trains in Wrawby and Barnetby are now controlled from a large signal control centre in distant (no pun intended!) York.
Much additional freight traffic was created in the Barnetby area when Immingham docks were opened by the Great Central Railway early in the 20th century.
This required more lines and sidings in and around Barnetby, which today remains the largest station in North Lincolnshire, having four platforms, although the booking office was closed many years ago.
Meanwhile, Grimsby Town Football Club has announced plans to remove other landmarks viewed by train passengers from Brigg as they journey towards Cleethorpes.
The steel floodlight towers at the Blundell Park ground - close to the railway line - were installed in 1960, having been acquired second-hand from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
New lights are to replace them later this year.
Until the early 1980s the Brigg Branch of the Grimsby Town Supporters' Club ran buses to all the Mariners' home games.
Today you can still take a Saturday train from Brigg to watch matches but they do not stop at New Clee - the station nearest to the ground.
Instead, any fans wishing to make the journey from Brigg or Barnetby have to go to the end of the line at Cleethorpes and walk back along Grimsby Road - unless they are prepared to change trains at Grimsby Town station. For the only units that make a request stop at New Clee are those running between Cleethorpes and Barton.

PICTURED ABOVE: Barnetby East signalbox viewed from the footbridge at the village station.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Today I come to you with so much excitement!
My Ex and I broke up 1 year and 2 months ago and i was six months pregnant. We both love each other and it was a shock to me and it really broke my heart. I tried to call him and both of his lines were disconnected. I tried to reach him on social networks but he deleted me off of them. I tried to reach his parents and they told me that their son said that he does not love me and does not want to see me and they do not know what is wrong. I cried and cried everyday because I loved him very much. Until I gave birth and the baby was one year old, I could not get my love back. Again, I was confused. I do not know what to do and I also lost my job and I have no money to take care of the baby. I was miserable in life so I cried to my sister and told her my problem and said that she knew of one powerful spell caster that helped her when she could not get pregnant. I contacted him by email and he said he will help me and told me that a woman cast a spell upon my man and said he will help me break the spell so my man will come back to me and be mine forever. It was a great surprise to me that everything that he said came to pass. My man came back to me immediately, saying that I should forgive him. I am sending a very big thank you to this powerful and real spell caster. I pray for him to live long and do more of his wonderful work. If you have any kind of problem disturbing you in life, you have to contact this powerful spell caster! He can help you. He will not disappoint you, I give you 100% guarantee that he will help you, Here’s his contact:
Email him at: